Friars carse four poster bed, a Very romantic spot !! or you can Fish !!
Friars carse, Auldgirth is a 19th century country house set within a fantastic location in the heart of Dumfriesshire. The hotel has a very olde worldly feel to, so it’s like walking into an old house of days gone by. In the day when houses like these were almost always owned by the Lord or Laird and has an enchanting nostalgic feel. The oak wood paneling and decor have kept that solid strength of character. It reminded me of a hunting lodge that has now been softened by the touches of flowers and colour. Then of course there is the friars carse four poster bed that adds to that romantic feeling.
We stayed in the friars carse four poster bed room and jacuzzi. I think this is probably the best room in the house, so to speak and is their honeymoon suite. It has fantastic views over the tree-lined river Nith. The friars carse four-poster bed and venue are very popular for weddings, need I say more : )
Known as a fisherman’s paradise with easy walking distance to some of the best fishing in Dumfriesshire. You can catch grayling, brown trout and also sea-trout. Many have even been lucky to catch a Scottish salmon, in the one mile private fishing of the nith directly outside the hotel.
Robert burns the famous Scottish songwriter and poet visited the Friars carse frequently and was a regular house guest. It was at this hotel that a famous drinking competition took place in the whistle, restaurant. Robert burns was a spectator to this event and later went on to put it into verse.
Robert burns home located only one mile and another of his regular haunts was the burns hermitage located in the grounds of friars carse. It was in the burns hermitage when he stayed that he wrote on one of the windows with a diamond-pointed pen ” to the memory of Robert Riddell”. The then owner of Glenriddell, the place changed name to friars carse in 1895 when new owners purchased it.
There is a trail named after Robert Burns that goes from the friars carse hotel to Ellisland farm ( home of Robert Burns) taking in the burns hermitage, and is known quite rightly as the burns walk.
Ellisland Farm !!
When arriving at the Ellisland farm you can visit the museum or walk around the farmhouse. The tour is fantastic and the walls are also brought to life by fabulous portrait paintings of Robert Burns. As you walk around the farmhouse you feel a sense of the tranquility in which Robert Burns loved so much. His desk is in the library and has a beautiful view of the Nith river.
In the library you can also view some of his legendary and famous works, such as ” Tam o Shanter” and the ” wounded hare” many of these works being written while in the quiet observation of nature and the people around him. He also wrote auld lang syne, which to my shame I didn’t know !!
It is such a great place to visit to get a feel of the poet. He did seem a little like a bounder though and had many lady friends. According to the Guide Joanna lumley loves to come to this part of the world and to the Ellisland farm.
Apparently many of the tourists that come are Americans and they have a soft spot for this famous man.
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Even if you do not have time to visit the Ellisland farm , the friars carse four poster bed, room is the best in the house and the views are just spectacular.
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